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President's Message

It’s been a great honour to serve as your President for the 2019-2020 year, and I look forward to continuing in this role through 2020-21. Thank you for your ongoing support and trust, I am confident that the year ahead will be a good one.

We held our annual general meeting last week via zoom, and had over 60 members attend, while we voted in our new board. A big welcome to our new elected board members: Stephanie Greaves from SFU, Jamie Snow from UBC Okanagan, and Erin Pedro, from Okanagan College. Also, a big thank you to our departing board members, Larry Iles from TRU and Sue Stanley from SFU. The incredible accomplishments we’ve made would not have been possible without our dedicated board of directors, in addition to all of our volunteers that contribute their time and service to committees and projects. Thank you all for your dedication. To see what we have done this year, check out our annual report (

Speaking of volunteerism, congratulations to our outstanding service award winner, Heather Workman! Heather is a tireless advocate for co-operative education and work integrated learning locally, provincially and nationally, and has been in the field of Work Integrated Learning at Langara College for the last 20 years, serving as department chair for the co-op and career centre since 2014. She was the President of ACE-WIL BC/Yukon from 2017-2019 and in that time coordinated strategic partnerships, implemented new initiatives, and saw our association grown in membership. Heather is a critical member who’s had a very positive impact in the ACE-WIL community, and her ongoing dedication and commitment to the association exemplify why she is so deserving of the 2019 Outstanding Contribution Award. Congratulations Heather!

We have big plans for the year ahead! A total of 68 projects were funded under the provincial government’s co-op and WIL funding initiative, 14 of which are a collaboration among all 25 of our member institutions. As such, I ask for your continued co-operation and participation as surveys and requests for information become more frequent. Your thoughts and knowledge are important as these projects move forward, and will positively impact all of our members and institutions. You can read more about the funded projects here.

Thank you for rising to the challenges we face, and continuing to support each other in the work that we do. I am thankful to be a part of such a warm, welcoming, and collaborative team.


Heather Workman
2019 ACE-WIL Outstanding Service Award - Heather Workman
ACE-WIL BC/Yukon is pleased to announce Heather Workman of Langara College as the recipient of the 2019 Outstanding Contribution Award. Heather is a tireless advocate for co-operative education and work integrated learning locally, provincially and nationally, and has been in the field of Work Integrated Learning at Langara College for the last 20 years, serving as department chair for the co-op and career centre since 2014 (Read more...)
Student Success Stories: Lily Chi
Lily Chi is a Vancouver Island University student currently enrolled in the Culinary Management Program. She is about to embark on a Co-op at Quail’s Estate Winery, one of Canada’s most highly acclaimed Restaurants. This will be her second Co-op, having previously worked for the Fairmont Banff Springs Hotel as the second cook in the Vermillion Room. During that experience, Lily was able to train in a number of important culinary skills. These included prepping work for various types of food service ...
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Lily Chi Fairmont Banff Springs
Surviving the Shift to Remote Work
By: Maria Tarasyuk | Arts & Communication Co-op Special Projects Assistant
Hi, my name is Maria and I’m currently doing a Co-op as a Special Projects Assistant with SFU Communication Co-op. I bet none of us expected it was coming: all of a sudden there were no morning commutes, no more walks to Renaissance Coffee with my co-workers, and no office desk where I could start my day ... Read more

The ACE-WIL Membership Committee is looking for volunteers to
join our team!

What are some initiatives?
  • Send welcome messages to new members
  • Create/lead an activity during professional development sessions
  • Develop membership building programs
  • Connect new and veteran members in order to build best practices
  • Interview current members in a blog post that gets sent to members as part of the ACE-WIL newsletter
What is the commitment?
  • Convene on an as needed basis by teleconference, normally once a month
  • Participate in professional development sessions
If you would like to learn more, contact Greig Baird at
Indigenous WIL Resource Hub Update

Hello ACE WIL members!

Are you hoping to build or expand on Indigenous WIL programming at your institution? With the funding from the Ministry of Advanced Education, Skills and Training, the University of Victoria (UVic) has been tasked to build a virtual resource hub for all co-op and WIL practitioners across BC to utilize.

We will need your help to build tools that are relevant and user friendly for you. Keep an eye out for our survey in early June - your feedback will be much appreciated.

Do you have success stories to share? Concerns or challenges? Reach out any time and I would be happy to chat.

Emma Edmunds
Indigenous WIL Hub Coordinator
COVID-19: Let us know how it’s going - Member Check In Survey

Amazingly, it’s been just over two months since Dr. Bonnie Henry gave the order to close the doors at campuses and any non-essential businesses, catapulting us all into new ways of working and new challenges for our students and community partners. So, how’s it going? Have the supports we’ve provided been helpful? Is there anything you’d like ACE-WIL to consider in terms of additional support? Please take a few minutes to share your thoughts through this quick survey.
Be sure to stop by the new ACE-WIL BC/Yukon LinkedIn page to catch the latest updates